here's the link:
sounds a bit like muse / matt bellamy in places.
but really quite like this
Can't see them ever writing a remotely memorable song again. How long has it been now? 16 years & counting. Bring back Alan!
It's just not really anything to write home about. They've had a few OK songs over the past 15-or-so years, but IMO just haven't had a thoroughly good album. It's a shame because I really used to love their musical output, and would always eagerly anticipate new releases. In all honesty, I wish they had called it a career years ago (maybe after Ultra - which, despite Alan's absence - was quite good).
and Barrel of a Gun is one of their best singles. Since then it's been diminishing returns every time, and these 2 new tracks don't indicate any kind of return to form.
It is indeed sad as they were the first band I ever became obsessed with, and the first band I ever saw live, back in 1986 on the Black Celebration tour. Guess they're kind of an electronic Rolling Stones now, releasing increasingly irrelevant albums as a reason to go on tour & play the hits. Also wish Martin would just stop singing, his voice is increasingly unbearable.
they're in that unfortunate position where every album gets heralded as a return to form, but just isn't. not getting fooled again.
although i like martin's voice.
Barrel of a Gun and Home excepted. Playing The Angel had its moments though (if it was a bit too long) - they need to get back to 9 or 10 focused songs per album as per the Violator/SOFAD phase.
Probably the only DM album I listen to as an album (so I guess that immediately invalidates my opinion).
It's just that they're not a band I approach in terms of albums. Lots and lots of fantastic songs, but only one album (okay, two) that I value as albums.
It's probably their most consistent album since Ultra, and has the virtue of sounding like golden age DM. But Martin's vocals on Damaged People make me want to pour boiling chip pan oil in my ears.
I'm sad. I hope the other songs from the album Delta Machine are better.
Well now, I'm really interested.
Smells like a classic DM to me.
Not as terribly weak as Sounds of the Universe but IMO still pretty unremarkable.